Special Programs

In addition to our regularly scheduled storytimes, the library also periodically hosts a variety of programs for children of all ages and their families. Please see the Calendar or Upcoming Events pages for additional information.

Bike Rodeo

Come for the fun in our parking lot when the Chatham Police Department puts on its annual bike rodeo! Activities begin at 5:00 p.m. and last until 7:00 p.m.

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Marble Run

A closeup picture of glass marbles in shades of blueLet the good times roll!

Drop in any time between 10 and noon and put your science skills to the test by making a marble run using simple household items.

For ages 5 and up.  Saturday, September 24.  Registration not required.


 

Halloween Storytime

Very Scary HalloweenA movie poster with a smiling gray dog that has scars all over his face and body like Frankenstein. He's standing in front of a full moon.

Thursday, October 20
Ages 11 and Up
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

For the 11 years-old and older crowd, the library will be celebrating the spooky season with a showing of Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie! In addition to our popcorn and lemonade, we will be serving some frightening Halloween themed treats. Eat them if you dare!  


Halloween Baby and Toddler TimeA woman dressed in a black dress and black witch's hat reads to a group of parents and babies in costume.

Tuesday, October 25
Birth – 3 years
9:45 & 10:45 a.m.

 All Mummies, Daddies and other caregivers are invited to dress their babies in costume and bring them to our Halloween Baby and Toddler Time.  This program is intended for parents/caregivers and their little ones, newborn to 3 years, and features stories,  fingerplays, and songs.


Friendly and Slightly Scary Halloween Stories A group of children in costumes and adults mingles.

Thursday, October 27
Birth – 2nd grade

Choose your Halloween story time based on your preference — Friendly or Slightly Scary Stories.  No matter which you choose, everyone is invited for a snack! 
Both sessions are meant for little boos and ghouls through 2nd grade.

6:30 p.m. Come join us in the Library Gallery for a fun time of Friendly Halloween stories, then stay and enjoy a snack in the Activity Room
afterward.

7:00 p.m. Those wishing for Slightly Scary Halloween stories can gather in the Library Gallery for stories with a slight thrill. (Remember to come to the Activity Room by 6:45 if you want to gobble a treat before the stories begin!)


Preschool Halloween Stories A woman dressed up in red, white and blue with stars reads to small children in costume.

Friday, October 28   

10:15 a.m.  

Have a cackling good time and complete a spooktacular craft! Preschoolers are encouraged to come dressed in their costumes for our regular Storytime to hear fun Halloween stories and complete a Halloween craft.

 

 

 

Teen Trivia

Percy Jackson Olympics

7th-12th grades
Wednesday, November 9, FREE

Fun begins at 6:00 p.m.and ends at 7:30 p.m.; sign up starts at 5:30 p.m.

Join us for an evening of trivia, games, and crafts based on everyone's favorite demigod:  Percy Jackson!  Bring a team of up to 6, or we can place you with a team,  Prizes will be awarded for the top teams! 

Pizza and snacks will also be provided.

Costumes are encouraged, s throw on your toga and join the fun!

 

Lego Days

One Saturday every quarter the library hosts Lego Days. These days are open to children of all ages and their caregivers. We provide the Lego blocks. All you need to bring is your imagination.

Our next Lego Day is scheduled for Saturday, November 12 from 10 a.m. until noon.  This time we are going to go full STEAM ahead with our Lego play; there will be free play as usual, with the option to incorporate a bit of science and art!

Please see the Calendar or Upcoming Events pages for additional information.

Groups of children and adults sit grouped around large tables building with Legos  Two children display what they created at Lego Day  Two children and two adult women sit around a table playing together with legos    A young boy displays his Lego tower to the camera

Game Nights and Game Days

For our patrons aged 10 and up, the library hosts Monthly Game Nights. Reservations not required. A close up of a game piece, with a board and dice in the background.

Looking to learn a new board game or show off your gaming skills?  Join us in the library for one of our wednesday game nights.  We have a variety of games to try and fun folks with whom you can try out your strategies.

Join us September 7th,October 5th and November 2nd from 6:00-7:30 p.m.!

Please see the Calendar or Upcoming Events pages for additional information.

What is 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten?

1000 Books Before Kindergarten1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a program designed to help parents prepare their children for one of life’s big milestones: kindergarten. Research has shown that children get ready to read years before they begin their formal education. An excellent way to get your child ready to learn is to read to them.

The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes, you can repeat books) before your precious one starts kindergarten. Does it sound hard? Not really if you think about it. If you read just 1 book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around 5 years of age, you have more time than you think (so get started).

The key is perseverance. Make it exciting. This program will reward your child for each step in the process!

Are you ready to get started?  Great!  We have an online tracking system, called Beanstack, where you can log in all of your reading, as well as earn rewards! Sign up for an account, and start reading today!

 

Why Read 1,000 Books?

Parents/caregivers can help children master the six early literacy skills that children need to know before they can learn to read:
1. Print motivation
2. Vocabulary
3. Print Awareness
4. Letter Knowledge
5. Narrative Skills
6. Sound Awareness

Who can participate in this program?

 Any child from birth until he or she enters kindergarten can participate.

How long will the program take?

The program is self-paced and will depend on how often you read together.

How many of my children can participate?

All of them (provided they have not yet started kindergarten). Make it even more fun and read as a family!

Do we have to read books from the library?

No, you can read books from anywhere. Just remember to log them on your log them in beanstack!

Can I count a book more than once?

You can! Record the book as many times as you read it! 

Do you need some great reading suggestions?  These are some great resources to get you started:

 Books Your Child Should Read Before Kindergarten

Babies Need Words Every Day Book List

PDF iconAges_0-24mo_Book_Lists.pdf

PDF iconAges_2-3_Book_Lists.pdf

PDF iconAges_4-5_Book_Lists.pdf

 

American Girl

Join us the during the week of Ball Chatham School District's Spring Break, March 21-25 for fun daily activities!  Our fun is based on the American Girl doll Josefina, but all kids are welcome to come enjoy.  You don't need to have read the books to participate!

No registration is required, and all activities are free.  If you have questions, please email us at [email protected]!

 

         

Movies at the Library

Old fashioned movie camera is at the left of graphic appearing to shine the words movie at the libraryBack by popular demand!encanto movie poster

For all ages!  Same unlimited popcorn from our new popcorn maker and lemonade and friendly faces -- plus all new movies to enjoy together!

Tuesday June 7, 2 p.m. : 
             Encanto

Tuesday, July 5, 2 p.m.:  
            Luca

Tuesday, August 2, 2 p.m: 
           Voter's Choice!  Stop by during the last week of July to help pick our last summer movie.
Luca movie poster

 

Book Camp

2022 Book Camp Read Beyond the Beaten Path

FINALLY, Book Camp is back at the Library, and we can’t wait to welcome all our campers in person!

At Book Camp, campers aged 4 through 6th grade will participate in games, crafts, and reading activities focused around a camping theme. For children 4 years old to 4th grade, we offer two sessions; you choose either the June or July session. Each session is for three days and lasts one hour.  Children in 5th and 6th grades attend one extended session in June. 5th and 6th grade book camp lasts 1 ½ hour.  These grade levels are for the grade your child will be going into for the 2022-2023 school year.

  • The cost for all campers is $5. Registration is required and is not refundable.
  • In order to accommodate as many children as possible, campers are not able to repeat sessions.

The Book Camp schedule is as follows:

Aged 4 – Kindergarten:  June 27, 29 and July 1  or  July 11, 13, 15 (10:15 am—11:15 am)

1st – 2nd graders: June 21, 22, 24  or  July 18, 20 and 22 (10:15 am—11:15 am)

3rd – 4th graders: June 13, 15, 17  or  July 25, 27, 29 (10:15 am—11:15 am)

5th – 6th graders: June 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 (1:00 pm—2:30 pm)

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Summer Reading

June 1 kicks off Summer Reading 2022:  Read Beyond the Beaten Path!Circle art with a illustrated boy and girl in a canoe

Join Summer Reading and discover what adventures (and prizes) await you.  Choose your books, choose your adventure, and earn prizes as you dare to Read Beyond the Beaten Path.

Sign up now using the Beanstack website - http://chathamlib.beanstack.org - or the Beanstack Tracker app (apple | android).*  There are challenges for every age group:

  • Rubber Ducky Club for Birth through age 3:  Read 30 books together and receive a rubber duck.
  • Summer Reading for ages 4-8**:  Receive prizes after each 100 minutes read.
  • Summer Reading for ages 8-12**:  Receive prizes after each 150 minutes read.
  • Tween/Teen Summer Reading for ages 12-18**:  Receive a virtual ticket to enter a raffle for a gift card of your choice after every book read and be automatically entered into a grand prize drawing.  Participants will be able to take part in multiple craft days throughout June and July like macrame bracelets and making a tie-dye shirt.  Watch our social media for more details!

Participants will be able to read and redeem prizes between June 1 and July 31.  Summer Reading ends Saturday, July 31.

** For children aged 8 or 12, choose the ONE challenge that best suits your child.

 
*Not sure about how to get started Beanstack or the Beanstack Tracker app? No problem! Check out the Beanstack Tutorial
Grade Level Programs

During the school year the library has three different grade level programs. We have a 5th/6th grade program, a 3rd/4th grade program, and a 1st/2nd grade program. Each program includes a snack, games, and a craft. These programs often are centered on an age-appropriate book or series. Previous programs include series such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Geronimo Stilton, and Elephant and Piggie. Registration is required and space is limited.

Please see the Calendar or Upcoming Events pages for additional information.